I did your survey, but as said by others you will learn more about the fandom
talking to furries. We generally like real life animals because they live without
malice or design.
There are some who feel a kinship to real animals. Some like to draw, or look at
furry art, read stories about animals furry or not, make animal costumes, go to
conventions to see friends and trade ideas.
It's all about people enjoying a common interest.
Hope all goes well with your research.